Adapt and Recover

"Adapt and Recover" which tells about two boys growing up in the 1970's in which was still known as the Ridges Estate. Michael and Lizzy Fox live in Oakwood Avenue they have friends who live across the road; Connie and Bob Harris. Both of their sons Roger and Ronnie play together and go to the same school. Infact they are inseparable. This story takes you through their childhood together and their desire to be Royal Marine Commandos after Lizzy, Rogers mother buys Roger an Action man toy for Christmas. As young boys they join the Army Cadets until they reach the age of eighteen where they sign up to take on the hardest training regime in the world. see the boys grow into men as they are sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. This is a story of friendship and comradery. one that will last a lifetime.


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staircase. “Right then we will see what you are made of as they ran down to the entrance and down the stairs, through the pedestrian tunnel. Some men on their way to work looked on as the two men sped past them. Once at the bottom of the stairs at the Jarrow end they sprinted up the stairs then up the small ramp. They ran on through Jarrow to Heburn then onto Gateshead.  The bridge into Newcastle was busy so they weaved their way through the stream of pedestrians. Ronnie thought that they would stop a while once they reached the Haymarket but Roger carried on along the coast road. Both men were feeling the pace now but Roger was relentless.

As always Roger led from the front he began to pull away from his friend by some fifty yards. The sweat was pouring out of Ronnie now due to the beer he had drunk last night.

Roger was now aware that his friend was falling behind; he could not hear Ronnie’s grunting in his own ear.

“Close up you lazy sod Roger shouted.’

“Ronnie responded and closed the gap between them.’

“Now the two men worked their way steadily down the coast road down to Billy mill then tuning right they headed towards the turn off that would lead them past the girl’s houses. Roger ignored Brenda’s house and began to increase the pace even more now. They ran down the quadrant then crossed over the road and down into their own street before coming to a halt.

“Well done said Roger; I thought I’d lost you at Wallsend but you made up the ground.’

“You are going to have to lay of the beer mate; its doing you no good.’

“Tomorrow you choose the route and I want to see you lead and set a good pace.’

“Ronnie went into the path and never said a word.’

Both men took off the sweat sodden clothes they were wearing placed them straight into the washing machine with some liquid detergent and turned it on then they had a shower before eating something for lunch. Roger ate a cheese omelette then had two medium sized bananas. Ronnie ate four bacon sandwiches; two mars bars and three pots of tea. He hung out his Fatigues then cleaned his boots before lying on his bed and going to sleep.’

After Roger had hung out his uniform he looked in the cupboard and started to make a chicken casserole for tonight’s dinner. He baked fresh bread and made a home made rice pudding with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Then he lay on his bed after filling out his journal making a report on the run they had done today. It was a good fifteen miles that they had done. They would have to start doing some weights but not tomorrow. Roger closed his eyes then drifted off to sleep.’

It was after four thirty when he awoke and he took out the rice pudding and the casserole that were done and placed them under the grill oven to keep them warm until his mother and father came home.

The bread was ready and Roger took the butter out of the fridge and set the table.’

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